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Wichita Falls Mayor's Town Hall Forum Focuses on Water Issues

Residents of Wichita Falls spoke out on Thursday evening about their concerns on city issues during the Mayor's Town Hall Forum.
Residents of Wichita Falls spoke out on Thursday evening about their concerns on city issues during the Mayor's Town Hall Forum.

Wichita Falls Mayor Glenn Barham and city staff reserved the first hour of the forum to talk and answer questions about the ongoing water crisis.

Barham says, "Water is the number one topic on everyone's minds. Number one above everything else."

Around three dozens residents listened to what city officials like Public Works Director Russell Schreiber had to say about the drought and the city's efforts to conserve water.

Many of the questions revolved around the completion of the water reuse project, cloud seeding, the possibility of getting water from Lake Ringgold and potential lake dredging.

Texoma residents say the community needs to do their part beyond water conservation.

Katherine Smith says, "It may take raising money for new pipelines. It may take raising money to lobby in Austin but we need to be doing a lot of things and everyone needs to stop being apathetic about it and get involved."

In addition, residents from surrounding communities wanted to know how they'd be affect.

Jim Getchell from Burkburnett says, "This population is growing and it's going to get worse until it gets better I think as far as the water situation is concerned and we need to come up with better ways to conserve our water."

City leaders also addressed other issues like the Joint Land Use Study.

Mayor Barham says anyone who has a question and could not make Thursday's town hall meeting can send their questions to any of the city offices and they'll try and get them answered as soon as possible.
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